A student who graduated last June , overdosed after attending a drinking party on Friday night. The student is known throughout Sachem North as a youth who was always joking around and kept administrators busy with minor infractions. He almost loss his life in a major car accident after another night of partying a couple of years earlier.
PARENTS: There is power in numbers. Let your voices be heard. Request that all students in high school be given the facts about drugs and alcohol abuse. Let there be random drug and alcohol testing and if found positive they must attend a detox center.
I need to start out by expressing sympathy for the young adult's family on the tragic loss.
But now onto the subject and the attempt to use a tragedy to advance an agenda. Personally, I feel enough (really way too much) valuable educational time is being wasted on drug an alcohol education in the schools. That's the families' job. Bad enough the kids waste a period for an entire semester on the "health" course. No more.
Drug testing of normal students (not involved in sports or clubs) is unconstitutional and even the clubs portion hasn't been tested in NY state courts. If the district tried random testing of the general student body, they would be sued the next day - by me, if nobody else.
Everyone should be random checked. why just sports and clubs? This is a problem for all kids. Are you afraid your kid will test positive? Sounds like you're part of the problem, especially when you say you'll be the first to sue. Go fall down in walmarts parking lot, that's right up your ally. Education is the answer by teachers and parents.
Just to clarify. I don't think anybody should be subjected to testing and thankfully Sachem doesn't.
The Supreme Court has ruled that districts can do (unless it violates state law) suspicion-less testing of kids in athletics and clubs because they are voluntary activities. Because school attendance is mandatory, testing the general student body runs afoul of the 4th amendment.
And just to clarify, I have no interest in money but if the district tried random testing, I would be first in line to sue and to get a restraining order.
As for your snide comment about being afraid my kids would test positive, at first I was going to respond, but then I realized that was the whole point. I'm happy with my parenting, how my kids have developed, and how they do in school. Anything else is private.